Lord Of The Rings Star Slams Bernie Sanders: “Just as Hawkish as Hillary Clinton”
The increasingly vocal actor Viggo Mortensen, perhaps best known for his leading role in the Lord of the Rings films, sounded off on United States military intervention in a recent HuffPo Live interview. In assessing United States military involvement in the Middle East, he stated that democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is “just as hawkish as Hillary Clinton.”
Mortensen was in New York for a dramatic reading of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” which features new additions, including writings from Chelsea Manning and Glenn Greenwald. Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman also participated in the event.
Speaking on the terrible consequences of the Iraq War and United States military intervention in the Middle East, Mortensen said,
“I really don’t think Hillary Clinton, who voted for the invasion, is going to be bringing the subject up on her own. Neither would Bernie Sanders, frankly, because he also has voted for every military appropriation. He’s just as hawkish as she is.”
While Mortensen wasn’t 100% factually correct (Sanders’ has voted against some military appropriation bills), he was accurate in saying the senator has supported the major funding efforts for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Mortensen also brought up the Sanders’ staunchly pro-Israel foreign policy stance.
The interview touched upon the way the media helps to deflect public opinion away from the larger issues, which Mortensen claimed is how George W. Bush and his high level coterie were able to steal the 2000 election and steer us into indefinite military intervention. Dialing up the rhetoric, Mortensen also talked war crimes:
“If we’re gonna talk about Cheney and Rumsfeld and George W. Bush, let’s talk about [Paul] Wolfowitz, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell — all these people that really, if there was justice, should be in jail, they should really be in jail for war crimes and for treason.”